We Were Liars by E. Lockhart


Still looking for a summer read to pack on your holidays? Look no further than the latest YA novel from E.Lockhart.

Cadence’s family spend their vacations each year on their own private island. Here Cadence’s mother and sisters vie for the attention of Cadence’s grandfather. Meanwhile Cadence, her cousins Johnny and Mirren and family friend Gat spend their time together in a group they call themselves the liars. However one summer everything changes and Cadence must deal with the fallout.

When I first started reading this book I found it difficult to get into. The protagonists just seemed to be overly privileged characters that weren’t engaging or interesting. I was just wondering whether I should give up completely when the plot suddenly shifts gears and a mystery unfolds engulfing the reader and Cadence. From this point on I couldn’t put the book down and stayed up late into the night to find out what had happened during summer 15.

It’s one of those books where it’s best not to reveal too much more about the story otherwise it may ruin its suspense. What I can say is that I became more and more gripped as the story developed and to discover what happened.

It helped that Cadence and the rest of the family became more complex and sympathetic characters as it went on. The author writes convincingly through the voice of Cadence, the teenage narrator of her family’s story. Lockhart’s writing is also strong enough to make the ending seem satisfying story-wise and also emotionally.

If you enjoy novels that have a sense of mystery surrounding them, that also have strong characterisation then this is definitely a novel you should pick up now.

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